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Blue Monday: almost half of UK workers too tired to work effectively

Today marks the “most depressing day of the year”, but it’s not just Blue Monday that has workers feeling miserable, as 45% of UK workers say they are too tired to work effectively at least half the time. That’s according to the latest Qualtrics® Employee Pulse of more than 4,500 workers, which also reveals only 39% of workers look forward to going to work most of the time.

The Employee Pulse, carried out using the Qualtrics Employee Experience platform, shows that work-life balance is the number one driver for employee engagement in the UK, yet only 54% of workers are happy with their current work-life balance. It’s unsurprising that 17% of UK workers intend to quit their jobs within the next two years.

Commenting on the findings, Sarah Marrs, Employee Engagement expert at Qualtrics, says, “Blue Monday serves to highlight the general mood of the nation, but it also sends an important message to businesses. The ‘January blues’ will undoubtedly have an impact at work, but staff motivation is important throughout the year. Our study shows that  helping staff achieve a good work-life balance has the greatest positive impact upon staff engagement.”

For more findings from the Qualtrics Employee Pulse, visit qualtrics.com/uk/employee-pulse